Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving Proclamation, December 4, 1619 - Berkeley Plantation, VA

Captain John Woodlief and the 38 settlers who arrived on the banks of the James River at Berkeley Hundred ordained the first Sunday of November to be a day of Thanksgiving in perpetuity:

"Wee ordaine that the day of our ships arrival at the place assigned for plantacon in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God."